Moving improves our health, happiness and wellbeing. Across Greater Manchester there are many free or affordable ways to build physical activity into our daily life.
Free and affordable activities
Sport England provides tips on how to keep or get active while or Couch To Fitness offers a free and flexible at-home exercise plan, including pre and post-natal, Afrobics and Bhangra, and family fit series.
For guidance for older adults and those with long-term health conditions visit: https://www.gmmoving.co.uk/ways-to-keep-moving
To get started on your walking journey, the GM Walking website has everything you need. Find out more: https://gmwalking.co.uk/
Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) also provide ways for you to explore your neighbourhood by walking: https://beeactive.tfgm.com/walking/
Parkruns are free, weekly community events organised across various parks. Find one near you: Click here to visit the Park Run page
TfGM offers help and advice on cycling https://beeactive.tfgm.com/cycling/ There’s also free cycle training available across Greater Manchester: Find out more and book your course here.
If you’re aged 16 or under you can enjoy free swimming during school holidays and in general swim sessions, at council run leisure centres. If you’re aged 60 and above, then you can enjoy free swimming all year round at dedicated times. View your council page or local swimming centre for more information.
Finding activities in your area
You can also view physical activity, exercise and sport events through your local council page:
Bolton: Sport in Bolton – Bolton Council
Bury: Sport, leisure and events - Bury Council
Manchester: Sports, activities and fitness | Manchester City Council
Oldham: Sports and Leisure | Oldham Council
Rochdale: Sports and leisure – Rochdale Borough Council
Salford: Sport and leisure • Salford City Council
Stockport: Sports and fitness - Stockport Council
Tameside: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council Libraries and Leisure
Trafford: Sport and leisure (trafford.gov.uk)